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South Australian Schools Percussion Ensemble

The South Australian Schools Percussion Ensemble (SASPE) consists of 6 to 8 players. It offers performance access to a comprehensive range of percussion instruments not available in most schools.

This ensemble enables students to undertake Ensemble Performance as a year 12 (SACE Stage 2) subject.

Placement within the ensemble will be prioritised to students enrolled in a secondary classroom music subject in 2016 and/or participating in school ensembles as required by the school.

Placement of students not meeting these criteria will be considered if positions maintaining balance within the SASPE are subsequently available.


Entry is by audition.

Students learning a percussion instrument for more than 2 years in SA government schools, years 6 to 12 in 2016 are eligible to apply.

Students do not need to have skills on both tuned and un-tuned percussion to audition for this ensemble.

Similar ensembles

Students auditioning for this ensemble may also consider auditioning on the same instrument (in the one audition), for the:


The audition should take approximately 7 to 10 minutes. Drum kit is not appropriate if this a SASPE only audition.

Applicants should prepare to present A or B, as well as 2 prepared pieces that contrast in style.

A: un-tuned percussion

Ability to play basic rudiments including: the flam, paradiddle, double and single stroke rolls.

B: tuned percussion

Scales in C, F and G majors.

2 prepared pieces in contrasting styles

Two tuned or un-tuned percussion pieces that contrast in style or instrumentation, and that demonstrate your current level of technical and musical ability.

Booking an audition

Auditions will be held:

  • on Tuesday 23 February
  • from 9am to 6pm
  •  at Klemzig IM Office, 28 Hay Street, Klemzig.

To book an audition, call Nora on 8261 8988 between 8am and 4pm on weekdays.

Please have the following information ready:

  • Which ensemble your child is auditioning for.
  • Child’s name, year level, school, and instrument.
  • Parent name, phone number and email address.

Please make a note of your selected audition day, time and venue.

If you have any difficulties, please call Sharon Burgess: 0458 185 152

Audition form

All applicants must print and complete the audition form (Word 340KB) and bring it to the audition. All fields must be completed.

Expectations of members

Members are expected to:

  • participate in all programmed performances and events
  • engage positively with the entire team
  • attend rehearsals and learn music for performances
  • be actively studying percussion at school
  • cover the costs of membership, including providing suitable clothing.

Attending rehearsals

Rehearsals will commence in term 1, week 2, 2016. Rehearsals will occur every Thursday, from 4.30pm to 6.00pm, at Instrumental Music Office, 28 Hay Street, Klemzig.

Members are expected to learn the music before rehearsals. If necessary, they should ask their instrumental music teacher for help.

If a member can’t attend a rehearsal, they should notify the conductor via phone or email.

Rehearsal and performance uniforms

Members should wear school uniform to rehearsals.

For performances, members must wear:

  • quality, respectful black clothes
  • black shoes
  • black socks
  • the SASPE top provided for performances.

Membership fee

The membership fee is $55 per year. 

Instrumental Music Leader, Learning Pathways

Phone: 0458 185 152
EmailDECD.Ensembles16 [at] schools.sa.edu.au